4 incredible feats of Ange Postecoglou in the Premier League

27 October 2023

4 incredible feats of Ange Postecoglou in the Premier League

It’s hard not to do a double-take when you look at the Premier League table. Don’t worry. Your eyes are not deceiving you. It is indeed Spurs at the top.

If they pick up another win from their trip to Crystal Palace on Friday night (live on Showmax Pro, courtesy of SuperSport), they will be unbeaten after 10 games and have a five-point lead at the top. What the hell is going on?

Ange Postecoglou is what’s going on.

This is what the new Tottenham manager has achieved so far.

1. Best ever start for a Premier League manager

Postecoglou’s haul of 23 points from his first nine games is officially the best start any Premier League manager has ever had.

Think of all the managerial talent that this division has attracted in the last 31 years. Postecoglou’s appointment was mocked by so many that had never heard of him. Now he tops the list of all those who have tried to adapt quickly to life in the Premier League.

You wouldn’t call it a straightforward run of fixtures that Spurs had, either. Clubs they have faced include Manchester United, Arsenal and Liverpool. Coming out of their first nine games unbeaten is great. Coming out of that run with seven wins is magnificent.

2. Best start for Spurs since they last won the title

If you’re looking for the last time Tottenham started a league season so promisingly, you have to go a lot further back than the Premier League era.

It’s been a whopping 63 years since Spurs have had a start this good which goes back to their famous double-winning season under the legendary Bill Nicholson in 1960/61.

This was also the last time that the club lifted the top-flight English league title. Surely they couldn’t emulate that this season, could they?

3. Putting Australia on the English football map

England has seen a few Australian playing stars in the past with names like Mark Viduka, Harry Kewell, Tim Cahill and Mark Schwarzer. However, it’s not a nation renowned for producing great managers.

Postecoglou has the honour of being the first Australian manager in the Premier League’s history and even though he’s had a couple of stints elsewhere in Europe, he picked up most of his coaching experience in his native land.

After his incredible start, could we see more English clubs looking towards the A-League to guide their teams?

4. All this without Harry Kane

Everyone feared for the day when Harry Kane would eventually leave Spurs. Everything about his stats suggested that he would leave a hole that would be too difficult to fill.

He is the club’s all-time top scorer. At the time that he left the club, he had scored more than double the number of Premier League goals for Spurs than anyone else had.

If they couldn’t win any trophies with him, surely they would plummet without him?

It’s only been nine league games since he left, but Postecoglou has already made sure that the answer to that question is a resounding “no”.

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